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ERIC Number: ED409870
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 19
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A Construct Validation of the Mental Models Learning Outcome Using Exploratory Factor Analysis.
Sheehan, Joseph; Tessmer, Martin
A mental model is a knowledge structure composed of concepts and the relations between them. Mental models are distinct from declarative and procedural knowledge--they go beyond semantic relationships and skills acquisition and contain varied intellectual skills and knowledge. This study describes an initial investigation into the construct validity of mental models as indication of a distinct learning outcome. The study considered the relationship between mental models, declarative knowledge, concept learning, problem solving, and troubleshooting performance. College junior-level Operations Management students (n=21) were tested on their knowledge and use of spreadsheets through multiple choice and matching quizzes developed using the Pathfinder Associative Network data collection method. Study limitations included: subject mortality; generalizability; missing variables; insufficient number of subjects; invalidated instruments; and convergent validity. Appendices include: definitions of structured knowledge, construct validity, and factor analysis terms; sample questions from the declarative knowledge quiz; concept matching quiz; and SPSS factor analysis results. (Contains 55 references.) (Author/SWC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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